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100 days 100 short stories:: story thirty & thirty-one

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100 days 100 short stories read day one

story: Helping  author: Robert Stone year: 1988 where: kitchen table, Italy, making coffee note: a favorite-favorite a line: “’Sometimes,’ Elliot said, ‘I try to imagine what it’s like to believe that the sky is full of care and concern.'” story: Haircut author: Ring Lardner year: 1925 where: bed, Gaggio Montano note: yesterday, at La Feltrinelli Bookstore, I spotted a Ring Lardner collection in Italian a line: “Comb it wet or dry?”

100 days 100 short stories:: story twenty-seven, twenty-eight, twenty-nine

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100 days 100 short stories read day one

story: Babylon Revisited author: F. Scott Fitzgerald year: 1931 where: train, Silla to Bologna note: traveling, delayed post a line: “It was not an American bar any more–he felt polite in it, and not as if he owned it.” story: The Cracked Looking-Glass author: Katherine Anne Porter year: 1933 where: Roma Termini note: is this a novella? a line: “A man owes something to himself.” story: The Gay Old Dog author: Edna Ferber year: 1917 where: Roma Hotel, bedroom from a […]

100 days 100 short stories:: story twenty-four

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100 days 100 short stories read day one

story: Bullet in the Brain  author: Tobias Wolff year: 1995 where: a cozy wooden room, 600 meters high in the mountains note: a favorite! a line: “He did not remember Professor Josephs telling his class how Athenian prisoners in Sicily had been released if they could recite Aeschylus, and then reciting Aeschylus himself, right there, in the Greek.”

100 days 100 short stories:: story twenty-three

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100 days 100 short stories read day one

story: Brownies  author: ZZ Packer year: 2000 where: Bologna, a slurp- un caffè piccolo (redundancy necessary!) note: from the collection Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, which is 1/3 of my life a line: “I thought of those dresses she wore, faded and old, yet so pressed and clean; I then saw the poverty in them, I then could imagine her mother, cleaning the houses of others, returning home, weary.”